ATLANTA–Mayor Kasim Reed, the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and SCANA Energy came together to provide Atlanta’s seniors with fans to help them stay cool this summer. In their twelfth consecutive year, SCANA Energy donated 500 fans to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services for distribution to low-income, elderly residents.
Fans were distributed on Tuesday, July 8 at 11:00 am at the Butler Park Recreation Center located at 98 William Holmes Borders Drive S.E., Atlanta.
“Atlanta seniors are a vital part of the diversity and heritage of our City,” said Mayor Reed. “This project ensures the safety of our valued citizens, and I am proud to partner with SCANA Energy and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department to provide the resources our senior citizens need to stay healthy and comfortable this summer.”
Atlanta’s summertime temperatures make fan giveaways especially important. People 65 years old and older are more susceptible to dehydration, heat strokes and heat exhaustion.
“SCANA Energy is proud to continue our valuable partnership with Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department to help ensure that our most vulnerable senior citizens enjoy a cool and safe summer,” said George Devlin, vice president and general manager of SCANA Energy. “We are pleased to donate five hundred fans to provide much needed cooling relief for low-income, elderly residents in Atlanta.”
The City of Atlanta will also open five cooling stations. Upon notification of a heat advisory, excessive heat watch or excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service, the locations listed below will open immediately. The centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and stocked with water and air-conditioned seating.
• Center of Hope at Adamsville: Monday-Sunday; 3201 M.L. King Jr. Drive
• Center of Hope at Rosel Fann: Monday-Sunday; 365 Cleveland Avenue
• Center of Hope at Thomasville: Saturday & Sunday; 1835 Henry Thomas Drive S.E.
• Arthur Langford Recreation Center: Monday – Friday; 1614 Arthur Langford Place
• Dunbar Neighborhood Center: Saturday & Sunday; 477 Windsor Street
To request a fan or for further assistance, contact the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services at 404-330-6023.